Pope Francis attends his weekly general audience in Vatican City on Feb. 15, 2023.
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‘I see the church as a field hospital,’ Pope Francis once said – not a place where superficial solutions will do much good.
Pope Francis on a visit to Madagascar in 2019.
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He will have a joyful welcome but a difficult task - to challenge negative values while enabling a more African Catholic church.
Archival records don’t tell the whole story, but they can provide valuable information.
A teenage domestic servant showed signs of possession, and a miller was accused of witchcraft. Considering records of these events helps clarify what we can and cannot know about the past.
Drawing of St. Peter’s cathedral, Rome, with the Vatican wall in the left distance, c. 1640.
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Residential schools and the papal bulls justifying the doctrine of discovery call out for concrete acts of atonement and reparation on the part of the church.
A 19th-century engraving shows a cleric doing an exorcism against an evil spirit.
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In the 1960s, the Catholic Church sought to downplay demonic possession, but its views since then have changed.
Venezuelan priest Arturo Sosa Abascal, second from right, receives congratulations after being chosen as new superior general of the Jesuits in 2016.
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The Jesuits are among the Catholic Church’s most influential religious orders but no strangers to controversy.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola with Pope Paul III.
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For many, New Year’s resolutions do not last more than a few days or weeks. A theologian writes how we can learn from the challenges and reflections of Saint Ignatius.
Sculpture of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, on the campus of Boston College.
At times we just don’t know what’s the right thing to do. St. Ignatius, who founded the Society of Jesus, developed a method of discernment that can be useful even to those who are not religious.
The end of Robert Mugabe’s rule was greeted with momentous national celebration.
For many Zimbabweans Robert Mugabe will remain a contested figure.
Pope Paul VI banned contraception for Catholics in the 1968 encyclical, “Humanae Vitae.”
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July marks 50 years of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical prohibiting contraceptive use. For many years prior to it, the church had not been so explicit on its stance. How did it become such a thorny issue?
Bilocation is a popular Christian myth but also one that is known to modern physics.
Shin'ya Tsukamoto (right) and Andrew Garfield in Silence (2016).
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Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence will be shown to an audience of priests at the Vatican today. It tells the story of persecuted Christians in 17th century Japan - an event still remembered by Nagasaki’s Catholic community.
Jesuit astronomers with Chinese scholars in the 18th century.
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As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is part of a long tradition of religious men of science. Will his leadership influence the Catholic Church’s stance on contemporary scientific issues?